Bode Miller Takes Emotional Bronze in Super-G | Oldest Alpine Skier to Win an Olympic Medal

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36-year-old Bode Miller took Bronze in the Olympic Super-G on Sunday.  The win was emotional for Bode and for once, he actually showed it.  This was Bode’s 5th Olympic Games.

Bode said he was thinking of his late brother, Chelone Miller, who died last April, the day of the race.

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“If it’s not the most important race of my life, it’s right there with it.  I had a lot to show.” – Bode Miller

Bode Miller’s bronze medal is much more impressive than it looks on paper.  The 36-year-old missed all of last season due to a knee injury.  He hadn’t raced in over two years, yet he’d done pretty damn good in both the downhill (8th place) and super-combined (6th place) in Sochi so far.

Then, at the Super-G course, Bode went off.  He charged down the mountain on the edge of losing control, kept in together, and walked away with his 6th Olympic medal.  Bode now has the more Olympic medals than any other American male skier in history.

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Bode Miller and wife shedding tears after Bode’s bronze medal run. photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports

Many talked about Bode’s age.  A 36 year old skier had never won an Olympic medal in a ski event.  No problem for Bode.  He’s now the oldest alpine skier to ever win an Olympic medal.

Bode is now looking like a legend with his 6 Olympic medals, 33 World Cup wins, and 2 overall World Cup titles.  The most coveted title in alpine skiing is the overall World Cup victory and Bode has two of them.  Congrats Bode.

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Bode Miller stoked on his bronze medal at Sochi. photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports

“I put in a lot of work.  This was a really hard year. It was a lot of effort coming back to get fit and get ready and just battle through what life throws at you sometimes. To come out and ski hard, it is almost therapeutic for me to be in these situations where I really have to test myself.” – Bode Miller“To be on the podium, this is a really big day for me,” Miller said. “Emotionally, I had a lot riding on it. Even though I didn’t ski my best — a lot of mistakes — I’m just super, super happy.” – Bode Miller

This article’s focus is on Bode and we’d like to apologize right now to American Andrew Weibrecht who beat Bode in this Super-G race and got Silver.  Congratulations to you Andrew, we can’t wait to see more.

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Kjetil Jansrud (NOR, 21) wins gold, Andrew Weibrecht (USA, 29) wins silver, and Jan Hudec (CAN, 32) and Bode Miller (USA, 13) tie for bronze in men’s alpine skiing super-G during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. photo: Rob Schumacher, USA TODAY Sports

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